Goodbye to Oliver

Phew! What a week it's been! This was our first official week of school and it was my husband's first week at his new job. We all had to adapt to new schedules, which can be stressful enough on a family. Unfortunately, with all the excitement of new "adventures", we also had a very sad week. I spent a couple of days going back and forth to the vet. We had to say goodbye to Oliver.

Our sweet little Oliver had to be put down on Wednesday. He was just a little over 5 months old. He had developed a fatal condition called FIP and was going downhill very fast. Poor baby had lost almost a pound in less than a month and was so lethargic and wanting to keep to himself. Not at all like the boisterous kitty we had in June and July.

This little kitty was long hoped for and much loved by our family, especially the kiddos. It was heartbreaking to have to let go so soon. After all, we had only had him a little over 3 months. To say many tears have been shed is an understatement. I know it will get easier with time and that's what I keep telling my kids, but my heart aches for them. Saying goodbye to a loved one (even a 4-legged one) is not easy.

Even our dog, Scamp, is mourning sweet Oliver. He has been missing his buddy for the last month, as Oliver never really recovered to his playful self from last month's rubber band fiasco. Scamp keeps looking at all of Oliver's lounging spots expecting to see him. Sorry, Scampi, Oliver's not here anymore.
Though we had him a short time, he will be missed. He was a very sweet kitty...never bit or scratched in a mean way. He loved chewing on Scamp's ears and wrestling with him. He had the loudest purr of any kitten I have ever heard. While I blogged away at the dining room table, Oliver liked to jump up and plop himself right between my face and the computer so I could give him a little kiss on his head. I will miss that.

Robert Sowthey said, "A kitten is, in the animal world, what a rosebud is in a garden." That was Oliver. He was a rosebud that never got to fully bloom.

Almost as soon as we found out we needed to put Oliver down my daughter was asking when we would get another cat. My son would like another one too, but is apprehensive as he knows we had a really good cat and might not be as lucky next time. Now, the question becomes when we do get another cat, will we go with another kitten or perhaps one a little older. The acclimation period with Scamp and Oliver was about a month. I'm just wondering if it would be longer with an older cat. Any families out there with both dogs and cats that have experience with this? What are your thoughts on when to bring another feline into the house? I know we need a little time to heal yet.

So, that's what has been occupying us this week. Please tell me your week has been better. I'd love to hear some good news. And if you had a hard week, I'd love to know how I could pray for you.




15 comments:

  1. Oh I can not get through this without tearing up, I have had pets pass and it is one of the hardest things. You are right, it will get easier on the heart but right now you need this time to let go. ~hugs~ That was beautifully written! Thanks for sharing with us and I am so sorry for your loss.

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  2. Oh, Nici, I am so terribly sorry ! I know what you are going through and it is awful. Thinking about you xo

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  3. Whatever you do, do NOT get another kitten/cat from the same place! It's highly contagious and has a good chance of being throughout the facility/colony.

    Also, if you do adopt again - have the vet run tests for FIP, FIV (tho if it has been vaccinated it will give a false pos to the test), and heartworm (yes, cats can get heartworm). If it has weepy eyes, don't select that kitten. It could be herpes (which is fairly common where there is a large cat population).

    (I used to breed show cats, so I have a bit of experience.)

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  4. I'm so sorry, keep the good memories close your heart....hugs...

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  5. So sorry for your loss. My pets are my four-legged children, so I feel your pain. I would not recommend getting an older cat because the cat will already be set in his ways. Cats are very particular, and they form their habits early in life. If you have a young kitten, it will grow up around your dog and your family. It will not have to change its ways. Hope you are able to find a new cat to love and one that will love you back.

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  6. So sorry about your loss. My cats and dogs are like children to me, so I feel your pain. I would not recommend getting an older cat because cats become set in their ways early in life. Cats can also be very particular, which sometimes means they do not want to be near the dog, and sometimes even humans. A small kitten can grow with your family and your dog, adapting to its environment without having to change its old ways. Losing a kitten to an illness is not a common thing, so don't let this discourage you from getting. I hope your family will find a new kitten to love and to be loved by.

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  7. So sorry for your loss Nici, he looks like a sweetheart.

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  8. Awh...that's so sad and I'm so sorry for your loss.

    Hugs & prayers,
    Heather
    MySweetMission.net

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  9. Oh that is so sad. I feel for you all, it's so hard to lose a pet especially a young one who you think will be around a long time. :(

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  10. Oh, Nici! I had to come right over when I saw sweet Oliver's little face posted to the party! I am soooo sorry. I definitely know how you and the kids are feeling. I loved your sweet stories about him. If you do get another kitty, I would definitely suggest another kitten. Older cats, even those that are only a year old have a rough time making friends with other fur babies in the family. Kittens are so open and make friends easier. Keep us posted on what you guys end up doing. Hugs to the whole family! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  11. I am so sorry for your loss. Yes, even our 4-legged family members weigh heavy on our hearts when something goes wrong. I think you'll know when the time is right, but that might be sooner with children than with adults. When we lost our first cat after ten wonderful years of feeling we had been blessed with the best cat ever, we just took our time and kept going back to the Humane Society. It took several times, and then one day, we walked in and both saw this little almost white bundle with blue eyes and couldn't say "yes" fast enough. Abby has been an even better cat than our sweet little Buffy, and I truly cannot imagine our lives without her. Good luck on the healing process.

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  12. I too am very sorry. We love babies and cats...and he was both. We had to put down our beloved "Bamboo" one sad afternoon. While we were at the vet our daughter called and said she got caught with owning a pet at her apartment complex. Please, please come and take him for her. She's owned him 10 years. (at a different home) So that day we left the house to say goodbye kitty and came right home w/ another cat. "Barley" has been a great boy, walked in as if he owned the place and the other cats, confused, simple accepted. Heal, then bring in some new love to your home. Best wishes for you and your family.

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  13. Just saw your comment on my blog! Thanks so much!!! What day and time dows your party go live??? Please e-mail me!!!

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  14. I am SO sorry about the kitty! The HARDEST thing we have ever done was to have to put our dog down after 17 years. So sorry. It is hard, I know.

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  15. Hi Nici! Wanted to let you know that you are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's showcase: http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2013/09/sunday-showcase-from-make-it-pretty_22.html Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash tomorrow. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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